By Jennifer Chaussee BERKELEY Calif. (Reuters) - Animals at a zoo in California's Bay Area received an unexpected and unusual feast after a delivery truck carrying exotic fruit crashed and spilled an estimated $50,000 worth of produce across a highway, officials said on Thursday. Some of the animals at the Oakland Zoo were initially hesitant to tuck into the 13,000-pound (590 kg) donation of Thai bananas, a type of plantain, and prickly-skinned jackfruit, which can cost more than $35 each in California stores. "Jackfruit is definitely more of an unusual fruit than our animals are used to," said Nicky Mora, a spokeswoman for the zoo.
(Reuters) - Prosecutors plan to appeal the dismissal of attempted murder and property damage charges against a Minnesota teenager who allegedly planned bombings and shootings at a high school, a court official said on Thursday. John David LaDue, 17, was charged in May with four counts of attempted murder, two counts of criminal property damage and six counts of possessing explosives. Police said they believe LaDue had gathered gun powder, weapons, ammunition and other material in a storage unit in a plan to set off bombs and shoot students at a high school in Waseca, Minnesota.
SEATTLE (AP) — The sister of an American tour guide who has been detained in North Korea for nearly two years renewed her urgent call for his release Thursday, saying reports that he feels "abandoned" are devastating.
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Spanish-style bull run that would have seen participants in shorts and red scarves scampering alongside the horned animals has been canceled in Southern California due to a permit denial, an organizer said on Thursday. While People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block the runs in California, the Los Angeles County Fire Department in a separate action denied The Great Bull Run a permit for tents and stages for a planned November event in Pomona. They have put on nine runs in different parts of the United States, including one this past Saturday in Northern California in which one participant was hospitalized after being trampled by a bull, said Rob Dickens, chief operating officer for the Great Bull Run. He hopes to bring the event back to Southern California, even as the company works to stage runnings of the bulls in other parts of the country.
OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — A man accused of killing two girls along a rural Oklahoma road in 2008, but who wasn't arrested until after being questioned in his fiancée's death three years later, pleaded guilty in both cases Thursday.